Leading UK value retailer B&M is on track to open its biggest ever distribution warehouse near Bedford in spring 2020.
The complex fit-out of the one million square foot building, equivalent to 12 Premier League football pitches, has been delivered by UK-based Pentadel Project Management (www.pentadel.com) to meet B&M’s rapid UK growth plan.
Pentadel has been working with B&M since January 2019, when it took over responsibility for the building’s empty shell, assuming the role of principal designer and contractor (under CDM 2015). The Pentadel team has since overseen the £30 million fit-out of the entire development.
Phase 1 of the distribution hub’s fit-out is now complete with final work due to finish in spring 2020, when the facility will go into full operation.
The superstructure, one of the UK’s biggest buildings, incorporates vast state-of-the-art warehouse and distribution units including 160,000 cubic metres of freezer and chill storage, 500,000 cubic metres of pallet racking, three robotic shrink wrapper systems, a 2,500 metre square recycling area, as well as a bespoke IT system to ensure the efficient running of the whole facility.
“This has been one of our biggest and most challenging projects to date, bringing together a team of more than 300 highly experienced contractors to deliver a distribution hub that will support B&M’s rapid growth across the UK,”
said James Kemp, Managing Director of Pentadel Project Management.
“With over 600 stores up and down the UK and more in the pipeline, we have overseen the on-time delivery of a vast warehouse and distribution hub that offers B&M an efficient, agile and sustainable operation for current and future growth.
Delivering this project on schedule and to the highest standards has been achieved thanks to our Pentadel Partner Programme which all our contractors sign up to. This covers rigorous health & safety protocols, a collective focus on quality and the environment and working respectfully as one team.”